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    • Hook up the qat -- Votes: 24
    • No way bro -- Votes: 25
Sophia's Mommy♥ 1 child; Hollywood, Florida 10160 posts
15th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" I don't think you have to, lol. I used to see this one guy who would keep it in his mouth was seemed ... [snip!] ... he was chewing it, smoke cigarettes, everything. You could probably just chew it for like 10 minutes and get the same effects."

Maybe I'd put it in tea.

Destinite TTC since May 2011; 1 child; 2 angel babies; Florida 30868 posts
15th Mar '13

Eh, no thanks.

Cakes. 1 child; Michigan 2437 posts
15th Mar '13

I'd try it once.

nothingness Arizona 3578 posts
15th Mar '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Pusherman:</b>" This is from Wikipedia Immediate effects: increased heart rate, blood pressure[2]euphoria[2]hyperactivity[25]decreased ... [snip!] ... from impaired insight into symptoms by the khat chewer, delay to care, or poorly understood pathophysiological mechanisms).[34]"</blockquote>

I change my answer....

Nathan Young 2 kids; Syracuse, New York 57578 posts
15th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" Long term, yes. Risks of oral cancer and green-stained teeth. Short term, just being happy and hyper. ... [snip!] ... 16-80 chew it :P And the majority of their fresh water sources go toward the cultivation of it. It's very beloved there. haha."

Oral cancer only? Interesting. Any other long term health issues, or is that unknown?

If legal or in a country where use was prevalent/cultural? I'd probably try it. Not in the long-term, though... I don't want to f**k up my teeth too much.

The Time Police TTC since Apr 2014; 1 angel baby; Cold Lake, AB, Canada 33368 posts
15th Mar '13

Only if it were a tea. I would hate to have shit in my teeth for over an hour. lol

weefee 1 child; Paris, France 401 posts
15th Mar '13
Quoting Pusherman:" It's called Qat. Popular in some African countries as well as in Yemen. It's basically leaves that ... [snip!] ... that it's because of the qat. Effects? Euphoria. Energy. Excitement. So would you give it a try? Assuming it were legal. :P"

I tried it in Ethiopia, before I knew I was pregnant, where its popular amongst the Afar and Somalia populations. (I was in the Afar region). I don't like the taste, to me it tastes like a plant, and did nothing for me. I found that some men that chewed it regularly acted as though some people do when they are drunk being a bit agressive nad inappropriate towards women. On the other hand most people become so chilled out that they just spend hours chewing and chilling lol

It is definetly addictive despite people saying it's not. There's nothing worse than seeing men scrabbling about in the dirt looking for khat leaves that have fallen or begging for leaves from other people. Then theres the green foam around the mouith of addicts *shudders*. They spend a relatively large proportion of their income on it, but then life can be hard and sometimes tehy need a break.
It's definetly a social habit and you are expected to provide khat for you're guests and chew togetehr. Women chew in Afar, although much less than men but only in their own homes and not in khat houses. There is a campaign agaisnt chewing that is gaining ground because some parts of Afar society feel that it is a bad influence on the young and distracts them from their herding duties as well as draining the families ressources.

user banned Lesbos, Greece 95211 posts
15th Mar '13

I'd try it but that's the extent of it.

I much prefer the other green stuff.